Tammy Wynette: The ‘Tragic Country Queen’

When Tammy Wynette died in 1998, she was known as the First Lady of Country Music. She was born in 1942, as Virginia Wynette Pugh, in a rural county of Mississippi. By the time she was in her mid-20s, the hairdresser-turned-glittering-country-superstar was on her way to being the first artist in the genre to go platinum. Wynette had more than 20 No. 1 hits, though she’s still most widely remembered for signature songs of the late 1960s and early ’70s, such as “I Don’t Wanna Play House” and “Stand By Your Man.”

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